How does a MacBook Air used as a desktop computer (with an external monitor) compare with an I-Mac?


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I am ready to make the move from windows to mac. I don't want to invest in both a desktop and laptop if I can avoid. My needs are rather business basic: composition, spreadsheets, pdfs, internet (nothing exotic or demanding like gaming or video). Does it sound like a MacBook Air with external monitor, keyboard, and mouse be sufficient? I know nothing about Mac and my only exposure is thru the Iphone 6+ which is truly extraordinary. I will appreciate any feedback you can offer. thank you kindly.


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Aug 17, 2010
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A MacBook Air would be fine for your needs; however, if you don't need the portability of a laptop, an iMac might be a better choice for you. I really like my 27-inch iMac.


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Nov 27, 2003
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I'm using am 23" Lenovo external monitor with my MacBook Air connected with a Thunderbolt / HDMI adapter cable.
I use it with the lid closed.
Really great.
Cost of monitor and adapter total was about $220 (Best Buy)
Good Luck